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Category: Peterborough & Elton

Launch of Planet B in Peterborough!

Donald Trump may have pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement but here in Peterborough organisations, individuals, and communities are coming together to show that understanding and caring for the environment is vitally important.

Picture from teddybaden.co.uk

Picture from teddybaden.co.uk

Peterborough is home to one of the longest running and largest Green Festivals in the UK, and this year it takes on a new life as ‘Planet B’.


Planet B encompasses a two-week programme of events, performances, film screenings, workshops, commissioned artworks, and a conference – all around encouraging discussion and debate on sustainability.


The environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard and with funding from Arts Council England, will be running Planet B from Saturday 29th July through to Saturday 12th August 2017.


The environment is a huge subject that can often feel hard to get to grips with, but Planet B is asking: ‘What needs to happen for people to understand the issues, become more resilient together and take positive actions?’


Looking at the key themes of how communities can become more adaptable, what lifestyles and habits we need to change, and how we can learn from the past, Planet B will include an environmental conference, film screenings, debates, theatre and much more, meaning there will be plenty of activities for residents to get involved with!


“We want Planet B to be both relevant locally to Peterborough, but also to engage with wider contemporary environmental thinking and developments,” explains PECT’s Karen Igho.


“It is challenging to consider alternative ways of living to what has become the norm but the process of questioning these and considering what would lead to a fair and respectful global community is what the focus of ‘Planet B’ is.”
More details about Planet B will be released soon, visit www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB for more information, see the Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB or call 01733 568408.


Forest for Peterborough calls for ‘Bags of Help’ from Local Residents!

Forest for Peterborough, the project run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), is asking for support from local residents to help bag funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


Forest for Peterborough aims to plant over 180,000 trees in and around the city and surrounding countryside by 2030: one tree for every person living in the city. The project is already enabling change to take place in the city, having planted nearly 100,000 trees in the last seven years.

Forest for Peterborough

PECT wants to improve tree coverage to create a network of wooded areas, improving our green spaces, the quality of air we breathe, and also making sure that Peterborough is less vulnerable to the effects of flooding and other extreme weather. The tree planting will change the city’s landscape, forming a vital network of wildlife corridors and green spaces.


Now the project is in the running to receive a prize fund of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000. The amount awarded is dependent upon the number of customer votes received through Tesco’s in-store Bags of Help initiative. The Bags of Help scheme sees community projects awarded grants raised from the 5p plastic bag levy.


“Forest for Peterborough means so much, not only for the quality of life of city residents today, but for future generations of Peterborough citizens,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “Bringing together communities, schools and businesses for the volunteer planting days means that everyone can get involved with and contribute to improving their natural surroundings.”


Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the store check-out when they shop at Tesco. For more information visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


The stores participating in our region comprise:


Peterborough (PE7 8BD)

Peterborough Metro (PE1 1TA)

Peterborough Oundle Road (PE2 9PJ)

Stanground Express (PE2 8RJ)

Wistow Way, Orton Express (PE2 6XN)


To check the location of the stores, visit http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/.


For further information about PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project, visit www.pect.org.uk/forest.

99,506 Trees Planted in Peterborough by Local Charity!

The city of Peterborough is showing its ‘green’ colours, as the project Forest for Peterborough is on a mission to plant one tree for every person living in Peterborough by 2030.



Forest for Peterborough, which is run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has so far planted a total of 99,506 trees, with just under 6,000 trees being planted this season, which ran from October 2016 through to March 2017.


This year, the planting season concluded with a successful tree giveaway at Serpentine Green in Hampton, as part of National Disability Awareness Month, which brought together a showcase of charities and community groups across the city. Residents of Peterborough could collect their free Crab Apple trees, with the aim of encouraging them to plant it in their gardens to increase tree coverage across Peterborough.


Throughout this season, the project has seen a range of people getting involved, from families and communities to a variety of business groups all joining in as volunteers.


Project Officer Simon Belham explains: “It has been a busy season but made so enjoyable by all the helpers we have had join us on event days. I would just like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to don a pair of gloves, grab a spade and a tree and help out with the planting. Our project can only be made possible with each and every person who volunteered.”


Next season brings with it exciting prospects, including the chance of reaching a milestone of planting the 100,000th tree! But for this to happen, the project is in need of land for these trees to grow.


The focus now turns to you. In readiness for the next tree planting season, starting in October 2017, Forest for Peterborough needs to secure new pockets of land where more trees can be planted.


If you have land or know anybody who has available space and an interest in creating a new woodland, forest, shelterbelt or wildlife copse, make sure to get in touch.


Please contact Simon Belham, Forest for Peterborough Project Officer, on 01733 882545, or mobile 07715 372432, or you can email simon.belham@pect.org.uk. For more information about PECT, visit www.pect.org.uk.


With thanks to Peterborough City Council for supporting the project’s 2016/17 season.


Leading specialists in audio visual solutions, Proactive AV are pleased to announce the introduction of
their first true loyalty card scheme for education customers. The scheme, named, ProPoints works in a
similar way to all major high street store loyalty cards.

Proactive AV have always provided their customers with a first class service; in fact customer service is
at the heart of the business. Chris Birks, the founder, made the decision to not be a ‘me too’ reseller
when he set up the business thirteen years ago. As the years have progressed the company has striven
to be continually different and to be one step ahead by providing the most up to date technology at
the right price with a top class after sales service.

Supporting this philosophy Proactive AV have recently introduced the ProPoints loyalty card which
enables schools to earn points before they even make a purchase; such as signing up to the scheme
and connecting with Proactive on social media. Making a purchase earns more points and completing
post purchase surveys even more points.

Proactive Audio Visual from Offord Cambridgeshire. March 24 2017 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 mpowerphoto@yahoo.co.uk @mpowerphoto
Amongst other things ProPoints can be redeemed for Compliments Vouchers which can be used in over
130 high street stores or put towards school days out. School budgets always being tight, Proactive
believed that shopping and days out vouchers may help some way with the schools purchasing or
children’s activities. Other ways of redeeming ProPoints are through onsite training, classroom system
checks or a donation to Children In Need.

Managing Director, Chris Birks, said “We started our business in 2004 and since that time, we have
installed thousands of audio visual solutions into educational establishments. My philosophy has
always been to provide our customers with the greatest possible service and technical backup so that
they get the best out of their equipment and that they make the very most of their tight budgets. The
introduction of ProPoints is another way of us helping our customers by saying thank you for their
business by providing them different ways to shop, support towards days out, training to make the
most of their equipment, systems checks so that they can plan when to replace equipment or with a
way to donate to Children in Need.”

There are hundreds of companies providing cheap audio visual solutions, installed by sub-contractors
with no training or service backup. Proactive customers benefit from their employees’ expertise from
pre-sales demonstrators, to knowledgeable Account Managers, to DBS approved engineers and training
and support staff.

Proactive Audio Visual from Offord Cambridgeshire. March 24 2017 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 mpowerphoto@yahoo.co.uk @mpowerphoto
Interactive whiteboards have progressed in to interactive touchscreens and Proactive AV provides the
four major brand names, Clevertouch, Promethean, BenQ and SMART. Their technical experts keep up
to date with product development so that they are able to advise and recommend the right product for
the right situation.

Touchscreens are not the only product in the Proactive AV arsenal; the company also provides audio
visual solutions in school halls, lecture rooms and auditoriums varying from a ‘projector and screen’
solution to huge video walls. Digital signage is also available which displays electronic messages around
the school site.

For more information on ProPoints or to book a demonstration please call 01480 810405 or visit